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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
Action Practice of dry needling
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 7/26/2019
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7/19/19  4:37 pm
Commenter: Ashley will

Please stop dry needling!

The American Medical Association states that dry needling/acupuncture should only be performed by licensed medical doctors and acupuncturists. I don’t know how in some states PTs and Chiropractors are allowed to practice with minimal to no training. This is absurd and dangerous for the public. I attended five years of training with over 3000 didactic hours, sat for three national boards, complete clean needle safety training certification and got licensed by the board of medicine to practice acupuncture and some practitioners are changing the name so they can sneak practicing acupuncture without going to acupuncture school. In my practice alone I’ve seen multiple injuries from dry needling and have had to educate the public on the difference between the two labels. I’ve seen puncture lungs and femoral arteries, a pneumothorax and a woman induced a month early in her pregnancy due to uneducated PTs practicing watered down acupuncture. Not only is it dangerous, it’s not nearly as effective as acupuncture. Same needles, no philosophy and inadequate training. Please protect the public and put an end to dry needling and require PTs to go to acupuncture school if they want to add on this kind of therapy to their practice. I would have to go get my masters in physical therapy if I wanted to add on physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments to my practice. Why is this any different? Because their lobbyists have more money and clout? Please do what’s right here. This has nothing to do with ego or hurting our business. I have a thriving practice and am a respected practitioner in my community. This is 100% a matter of ethics and safety. Thank you. 

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